Month: March 2020

Spicy Brunch Casserole

Spicy Brunch Casserole

Brunch Casserole anyone?? When someone says brunch, my response is always “When?” It’s my favorite meal! We came up with this Spicy Brunch Casserole because we were hosting a gathering on a lazy Sunday and wanted to spice things up but also keep it simple! […]

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The gig is up! I had plans to take this Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe with me to the grave. BUT, the time has come to reveal this top-secret, super delicious, family favorite delicacy. Try it out and you will soon see the power […]

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

He is Risen! Easter is such a special holiday to our families and Christians all over the world. These Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls are a fun and delicious way to share the story of Jesus with our kids and loved ones! With only 5 ingredients, they are simple to prepare with your children while talking about the good news!

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6 (NIV)

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

These rolls have been a tradition in our house since our daughter was born. Every year, after the kids have found the baskets the Easter Bunny has left them, we all head into the kitchen and prepare these together as a family. We love sharing the story of Easter with the kids while preparing a delicious edible example of the empty tomb. This never gets old! Even I excitedly anticipate pulling these out of the oven year after year!

What is the true meaning of Easter Sunday?

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the most celebrated holiday in the Christian religion! Jesus died on the cross on what we now call Good Friday. 3 days later, after his body was placed in a tomb, he arose into heaven to sit at the right hand of God.

Do I have to use the cinnamon sugar mixture?

We definitely think these rolls are the most delicious when you use the cinnamon sugar, but if you have an allergy or dislike cinnamon, you can certainly just use the sugar or leave it off altogether. You can still dip them in the melted butter if you would like!

Ingredients for Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

Ingredients for our Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

  • Marshmallow 
  • Refrigerator Crescent Rolls
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter

How to make our Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

Preheat oven to 350. Remove can of crescent rolls from refrigerator and open can. Lay the dough out in their triangle shape across a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. If you haven’t tried one of these mats before, they are a total game changer!

Crescent rolls unrolled on a baking sheet

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Stir well. This is the mixture you will use to dip your marshmallows in before placing it in the “tomb.”

Adding ground cinnamon to sugar

Next, in a separate bowl, melt 2 TBS butter and dip a marshmallow into the butter.

Dipping marshmallow in melted butter

Then, dip the same marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mix.

Dipping marshmallow in cinnamon sugar mixture

Place dipped marshmallow on widest part of the dough triangle. Explain that this is the body of christ being placed in the tomb after he was crucified.

Crescent rolls laid on a cookie sheet with dipped marshmallows on top

Start with the wide end of the crescent roll and roll dough completely covering the marshmallow. Once you have rolled the dough completely, make sure you pinch any seams or openings on the crescent so the marshmallow does not leak out! ***It will probably still run a little anyways, but that is okay!*** This is the tomb Jesus’ body was laid in and the stone.

Rolling marshmallow inside of crescent roll
Rolling marshmallow inside of crescent roll
Rolling marshmallow inside of crescent roll
Rolling marshmallows inside of crescent rolls
Crescent rolls on a baking sheet ready for the oven

Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown, like a normal crescent roll.

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls on a baking sheet after baking in an oven

When cooking is complete, remove from oven, brush with remaining butter and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture on top.

Brushing butter and cinnamon sugar on baked crescent rolls

Serve immediately. When the rolls are eaten, they will notice that the marshmallow has disappeared just like Jesus’ body did in the tomb! He is risen!

Boy holding empty crescent roll to symbolize Jesus' empty tomb

We hope you can use this fun recipe to start a family tradition in your own home! We love how simple it is to make, yet tells such a powerful story. The greatest story ever told! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter!

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Yield: 8 rolls

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls

Easter Resurrection Crescent Rolls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 Marshmallows
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 TBS butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350. Remove can of crescent rolls from refrigerator and open can. Lay the dough out in their triangle shape across a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    2. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Stir well. This is the mixture you will use to dip your marshmallows in before placing it in the "tomb."
    3. In a separate bowl, melt 2 TBS butter and dip a marshmallow into the butter.
    4. Dip the same marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mix. Place dipped marshmallow on widest part of the dough triangle. Explain that this is the body of Christ being placed in the tomb after he was crucified.
    5. Start with the wide end of the crescent roll and roll dough completely covering the marshmallow.
    6. Once you have rolled the dough completely, make sure you pinch any seams or openings on the crescent so the marshmallow does not leak out! ***This will probably a little anyways, but that is okay!***
    7. Show that this is the tomb Jesus' body was laid in and guarded.
    8. Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown, like a normal crescent roll.
    9. When cooking is complete, remove from oven, brush with remaining butter and sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
    10. Serve immediately.
    11. When the rolls are eaten, they will notice that the marshmallow has disappeared just like Jesus' body did in the tomb! He is risen!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Ham and Cheese Crescents

Ham and Cheese Crescents

3 simple ingredients, ready in under 15 minutes and not to mention delicious! These Ham and Cheese Crescents are the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight or lunch for your littles! Buttery crescent rolls paired with gooey cheese and sweet honey ham make the ultimate […]

Avocado Taco Boats

Avocado Taco Boats

Do you love tacos but wish they were just a tad healthier? These Avocado Taco Boats are the perfect solution! Using the avocado as the “shell”, these delicious tacos allow you to not feel bad about eating another basket of chips and salsa 🙂 Taco […]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Chips and salsa is BY FAR my most favorite thing to eat! I basically consider it a food group 😉 This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is quick and easy to throw together and goes great on top of practically everything!

Black bean and corn salsa in a small bowl with chips and avocado

When the kids were babies, some sweet friends of ours would have us over for game night almost every Friday night. We would share many laughs, a few drinks and a batch of what we lovingly referred to as “dip”. This salsa was a product of throwing a little of this and a little of that together one night and 15 years later, we still get excited when we make it! Using ingredients I usually have on hand, this is the perfect salsa to make anytime! It is a great topping for any of our fun Mexican dishes!

Can I freeze this salsa?

We definitely do not recommend freezing this salsa. With the ingredients that are used, it would not keep its crisp taste after freezing. The good news is, this stuff is SO GOOD you shouldn’t have any trouble finishing the bowl!

What is Shoepeg corn?

Shoepeg corn is sweeter than regular corn. The kernels are generally smaller and have a “peg” shape to them. You can easily substitute other types of corn for this salsa, shoepeg just happens to be our favorite!

Ingredients for Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Ingredients for our Black Bean and Corn Salsa

  • Black beans
  • White Shoepeg corn
  • Diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions
  • Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Minced garlic
  • Red onion
  • Dry ranch seasoning
  • Lime
  • Jalapeños

How to make our Black Bean and Corn Salsa

First, dice onions and jalapeno and chop cilantro. Place in large bowl.

Chopped onions, jalapenos and cilantro on a cutting board with ingredients for salsa

Next, drain tomatoes and place in bowl. Rinse and drain black beans and corn. Add those to the bowl as well.

Ingredients for salsa in a bowl

Pour one packet of dry ranch seasoning or 2 TBS or your favorite dry ranch seasoning (we love this one).

Ingredients for salsa in a bowl with ranch dressing packet

Add minced garlic and juice from lime. Stir well and refrigerate.

Squeezing lime into bowl for black bean and corn salsa

You may serve this immediately, but we like to give it about 15 minutes to chill and allow all of the flavors to marry! Enjoy!

Black bean and corn salsa

This salsa is a household favorite and is so versatile! To use as a dip for chips, a topping for salads and dishes that need an extra something or to eat by itself- you can’t go wrong with this one! We usually double the batch when we make it because it disappears so quickly! Hope you enjoy this tasty salsa!

Yield: about 4 cups

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1- 15oz can black beans
  • 1- 11oz can white shoepeg corn
  • 2- 14.5 cans diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped (1/2 cup, packed)
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1- 1oz dry ranch packet
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños (2 makes it have a definite kick!)

Instructions

    1. First, dice onions and jalapeno and chop cilantro.
    2. Place in large bowl.
    3. Next, drain tomatoes and place in bowl. Rinse and drain black beans and corn. Add those to the bowl as well.
    4. Pour one packet of dry ranch seasoning or 2 TBS or your favorite dry ranch seasoning.
    5. Add minced garlic and juice from lime.
    6. Stir well and refrigerate. You may serve this immediately, but we like to give it about 15 minutes to chill and allow all of the flavors to marry!
    7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 12gSugar: 12gProtein: 8g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Spicy Pork Chops

Spicy Pork Chops

Y’all… we’ve cracked the code with these Spicy Pork Chops. So flavorful, so delicious and you guessed it… SOOO SIMPLE! They’re cooked in the Instant Pot and you only need 4 ingredients. Raise your hand if you sometimes fall into the trap of being a […]

Best Everything Bagel Dip

Best Everything Bagel Dip

Who can say no to Best Everything Bagel Seasoning??! Not this girl! We took it to the next level and made our Everything Bagel Dip! It is so creamy and flavorful, and pairs great with crackers, pretzels or veggies! Perfect for a party of after […]

DIY Bisquick

DIY Bisquick

Raise your hand if you have ever used Bisquick??✋🏼 Isn’t it a staple in a lot of homes? Our DIY Bisquick takes the store-bought and makes it homemade! With only 4 ingredients, you can have it, fresh, on hand any time you want! Easy to make, and made with ingredients I guarantee you have, you can know EXACTLY what ingredients you’re eating and that you made it from scratch!

A glass bowl on a wood cutting board with homemade bisquick

Well, the inevitable happened….I ran out of store-bought Bisquick. This promptly lead to me being in a pinch and needed to come up with something quick! Enter here our homemade DIY Bisquick, with just 4 ingredients! Honestly, the best part is knowing exactly what’s in it too! I made this for a breakfast quiche I was throwing together and it worked perfect!!! Stop buying the pre-made stuff because now you can make it from scratch!

Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda?

You can absolutely substitute the two. What you need to know is that you should simply use three times the amount of baking powder as you would baking soda. If a recipe calls for a teaspoon of baking soda, use three teaspoons of baking powder instead.

Can I use self rising flour in stead of all-purpose?

Self-rising flour is all-purpose flour that already has baking powder and salt added. For the purpose of this recipe, we recommend all-purpose so that we can be exact with the other ingredients to get the outcome we want.

Ingredients for our DIY Bisquick

Ingredients for our DIY Bisquick:

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder

How to make our DIY Bisquick:

First, combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.

A cutting board with salt, baking powder, flour and a clear bowl sitting on it.

Next, cut butter into small cubes. They don’t have to be precise cuts, but try to make them all even.

Flour mixture in a bowl with chunks of butter sitting on top next to a pastry-cutting tool.

With a pastry tool, cut in the butter to the dry ingredients until mixture appears to look like little balls. If you don’t have a pastry tool, like this one, then just use two forks to mix and “cut”.

The final version of our DIY Bisquick

Substitute mixture into any recipe that calls for bisquick with a 1:1 ratio.Enjoy!

As much as we like to keep things simple around here, we try to have a healthy does of “fresh”. Healthy isn’t always low calorie/fat free/carbohydrate free to us. Sometimes being healthy is just knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body. We love that we took a boxed-item and made it from scratch with the ingredients we choose. So enjoy this litle DIY recipe and be proud you know exactly where your food is coming from 🙂

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Yield: about 1 cup

DIY Bisquick

DIY Bisquick
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Butter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  2. Cut butter into small cubes.
  3. With a pastry tool (or 2 forks), cut in the butter to the dry ingredients until mixture appears to look like little balls.
  4. Substitute mixture into any recipe that calls for bisquick with a 1:1 ratio.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 560Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1407mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Shamrock Rice Krispie Recipe

Shamrock Rice Krispie Recipe

Festive and fun for all ages, our Shamrock Rice Krispie Recipe will give your St. Patty’s day that something special! Minimal ingredients and an easy recipe, this is a yummy dessert that you can make with your littles for some good quality time or for […]